In Interview With The Publisher, I mentioned that my publisher had a brilliant suggestion for my book. Brilliant, yes. Easy, no! What did he suggest, you ask? That I reach out to influential people and get quotes on their personal experiences with misunderstood clichés.
At the time, I thought,” how hard can getting 20 quotes be? A lot of people will be interested in contributing.” Was I wrong!
Contacting anybody you don’t know is tough. Can you imagine how unnerving it was emailing influentials? Although I had done it a couple of times before, I had never done it on such a large scale. Plus, there was the pressure of getting a positive response.
There was an upside to this daunting task, however. I learned that not everybody says no in the same way. Some decline politely while some respond with silence. Whatever be the case, I realized that I do not have to take rejection personally. After all, they aren’t rejecting me they are rejecting my proposal. It may be a fine line, but it IS there.
So far, I have just got a few quotes. With a prayer on my lips and hope in my soul, I am still sending out emails. And I won’t stop until I get the exact number of quotes I need.